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|Crafts - The Trug Store|
The Trug StoreWhitehouse Poultry Farm
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Charlie Groves has been hand-crafting Sussex Trugs in a range of traditional styles dating back over 150 years. Ideal as a gardeners tool and a beautiful gift The Trug Store are proud to be the supplier to everyone from the keen gardener to the The Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley.
With a history spanning over two centuries the Sussex Trug and how it is made has barely changed thanks to simple design and the common sense use of native local materials. Young coppiced Sweet Chestnut, split and seasoned, makes a strong and light frame for the basket, then flexible and light willow boards give it a body. Two lengths of Chestnut are cut to appropriate lengths, then shaved by hand with drawknife before being steam bent around their corresponding formers, one for the handle and one for the rim. These make the frame of the trug.
The boards to fit are sawn from clefts of willow. These are then cut to the correct length and width before being shaved thinner either end, soaked in water and pressed into the frame and pinned into place with cut copper tacks. Small willow feet are added for stability and with a coat of linseed oil the Sussex Trug is then ready for years of faithful service.
Creation date : 13/09/2009 @ 20:39
Last update : 13/09/2009 @ 20:39
Category : Crafts
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